23 Sept 2017

Less is More #347 - Sketch

Hello to you! Are you ready for another Less is More challenge? Well, it's sketch time this week


If you head on over to the challenge blog you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the design team, and there may be a few bonus cards on their personal blogs too.

I only made 2 cards this week as I have been busy making curtains for the house.

1) Water Coloured Birthday

My first idea for this sketch was to turn all the elements into the sentiment. I considered doing a rainbow coloured card but ended up using cool colours. Initially I just blended the background but felt it was missing something, so I added a layering stencil and a few stamped shapes to it for more interest.

I'm entering this into:
Addicted to stamps challenge #153 - Stamp a Background
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Birthdays Challenge
Dragonfly Journeys #101 Hip Hexagons

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers birthday friends (the bubble-type stamp), Happy Little Stampers mix mash (the starburst stamp)
DIES: Sizzix Tim Holtz celebration word script
INKS: Distress inks - Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China
OTHER: Tim Holtz layering stencil honeycomb, black card, Hammered white card, stardust stickles, 3d foam.

2) Metallic & Pearlised Christmas

This is one of my 'go-to' stamp sets for Christmas cards. I absolutely love the detail in the images and they look great embossed in different colours and some of the stamps look amazing stamped as a silhouette against a water coloured background. I also love that these stamps in the right colours (as here) are great for a masculine Christmas card.

This one is for:
ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for Sketch, T is for Trio
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Pop it up
The Merry Christmas Challenge #35 - Anything Goes Christmas
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC137 - Anything goes masculine challenge

STAMPS: Papermania Joyeux Noel
INKS: Versamark Clear
EMBOSSING POWDERS: Papermania copper, Stampendous detail silver, Stampendous detail gold
OTHER: White pearlised card, 3d foam pads


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today; I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.



Viv said...

Two fabulous cards here Sharon,love the clever stamping/colouring and die cuts on the first one and the sweet little boxes and great colour combo on the second one too ;) hugs Viv xx

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful cards.
~Janis, The Merry Christmas Challenge Owner/DT

Nonni said...

Two fabulous cards, Sharon! Using the all elements of the sketch for the sentiment was a BRILLIANT idea! Very creative and clever! Your second card with the striking, stylish heat embossing is so perfectly CAS and very elegant. Have a fun, relaxing weekend!

Carol Dee said...

LOVE the 1st card. Cool technique for the background.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards Sharon and I love the CAS design!
Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge blog and I hope you'll be back again soon.
Marilyn S

Penny Hanuszak said...

What a great masculine Christmas card. I really like the tailored look of the embossed gift boxes and simple sentiment. You don't see many simple Christmas cards, but I know this card would really suit some of my executive masculine friends. Thanks for entering it at the Masculine "Anything Goes" Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week.

Susan said...

Love these cards...such a great take on the sketch!

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Sharon, what a great choice of colours for your masculine card. Those gifts cascading down the side are absolutely perfect, balanced by the cheery "Joyeux Noel". Love the simplicity and clean and simple lines. Great use of those die-cuts. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Trina P. said...

Great job shadow stamping the sentiments on the first card. Your stencilled background is gorgeous. And your second card is so versatile. A great gender-neutral card. Two fabulous takes on the sketch, Sharon. Have a wonderful weekend and week. 😊 Trina xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

2 fabulous takes on the sketch Sharon and the way you've used sentiments on the first one is inspired. Stunning BG too and my favourite colours so go to love it. The second one is so classy with the elegantly embossed little parcels. Have a fun week x

Cara said...

Two stunning cards, hope the curtain making went well too x

Jeannie said...

Hi Sharon! Gorgeous background on the birthday card and the Christmas card is just fun and pretty all rolled into one. Thanks so much for joining my Hip Hexagons blog challenge :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Billie A said...

Darling card. Love the CAS look and the way you added the presents and sentiment. Thanks for sharing over at The Merry Christmas challenge.
Billie A
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Izzy Scrap said...

Two fabulous cards, Sharon with two very original takes on the challenge ! Love your super creative first card with the sentiments, your background is stunning and they're also my favourite colours ! The second one is also beautiful and very delicate with the combination of copper/gold/silver colours ! Une carte de Noël très élégante ! J'adore ! I wish you a fabulous week ! xx

Meihsia Liu said...

Love your gorgeous card! Great design! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

Rae Ann said...

Love the inky goodness of the background you created, All of the elements came together so well. The dimension from the dies is a great touch.

Thank you for playing along at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Birthday challenge.

Marsha Reed said...

Lovely masculine card, Sharon! Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Marlies said...

Two beautiful elegant CAS cards Sharon. Thanks for joining our challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Marlies

Gail said...

A great CAS masculine design! Thanks for playing along with Watercooler Wednesday.

Sue said...

Your background is beautiful on the first card, I like how you used the stamps and great idea to use the "happy" for the three elements. Love your Christmas card too.

Teresa Kline said...

adorable CAS cards! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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Neets B said...

Two great uses of the sketch, Sharon, and so different. Fabulous way to use it with the sentiments and I love those colours. And your copper/gold/silver presents look so classy xx

Alma said...

Sharon your birthay card so wonderful! A perfect background! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to stamps Challenge, Alma

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards and a great idea for Christmas too! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,
hugs Samantha :0)